Tennessee Environmental Council works on a broad range of projects related to the conservation and improvement of land, air, water, energy and transportation. Click the links below to learn more about our current project work and click here to learn about past Council initiatives. The Council hosts an annual membership meeting where members provide feedback and input on Council programs, goals and objectives. Through our Sustainable Tennessee program we also meet regularly throughout the year to seek new input on, develop and implement the Sustainable Tennessee Agenda. If you would like to be involved in these meetings please click here to join our email list or send us an email at tec(at symbol)tectn.org.
The goal is to develop and implement a statewide Sustainability Agenda with the input of a broad coalition including citizens, conservation groups, environmental policy experts, elected officials, and representatives of private businesses, industry, and educational institutions. The coalition meets throughout the year to develop and implement the Agenda.
Tennessee Tree Project
Our goal is to plant or care for 1 million native trees in Tennessee. Tree planting projects are among the most popular programs we offer at the Tennessee Environmental Council, and they bring terrific publicity and community relations opportunities for our partners.
Watershed Support Center
The Council’s Watershed Support Center takes challenges and turns them into opportunities for Tennessee rivers and streams and waterways and the wildlife and people who enjoy them. Our Watershed Support Center includes the Duck River Opportunities Project and Fish Habitat Restoration initiative. Our work includes:
- Planting trees to reforest the stream banks and planting live stakes to stabilize the soil and help improve water quality.
- Installing rain gardens. Rain gardens add beauty to the landscape and reduce flooding by allowing stormwater to be absorbed by the plants and infiltrated into the ground.
- Installing revetments (cedar timbers wrapped in coir mat) on to the eroded bank to prevent further deterioration of the stream bank.
- Fish habitat restoration initiatives in the streams.
Radioactive Waste Education Project
We are reaching out to communities most impacted by Department of Energy (DOE) disposal and remediation issues to ensure that they are informed and actively participating in DOE’s decision making process concerning environmental cleanup in Tennessee.
As homes and businesses in Tennessee improve their energy efficiency, we boost our economy, reduce operating expenses while reducing air pollution and the need to burn coal for energy generation. We promote opportunities to advance energy efficiency in Tennessee.
Green Tie Affair
Green Tie Affair is one of our most important fundraising events of the year supporting all Council programs. It is a great opportunity to network and celebrate our successes and honor an outstanding leader in Tennessee with the presentation of the Sustainable Tennessee Award. Green Tie Affair takes place each year at the end of March or early April.